Airbnb: Selling Experiences
Airbnb has distinguished itself as the go-to destination for travelers not only looking to have a place to stay but to expand their “travel palette” and experience the world in a new way.
The platform (and many others such as Vacayrx and HomeAway) has played host to millions of travelers since its inception in 2009, which is an astounding feat and speaks to these platforms’ massive growth in addition to the cultural acceptance of home-rental services.
You may have thought: “Well, this Airbnb thing looks interesting...I’m just not sold on the idea of being a guest in a stranger’s home or renting my home out to strangers.”
If you’re still on the fence about being a host or a guest for Airbnb or any other home-sharing service, we hope this article will convince you otherwise.
Here are 5 key experiences you’ll gain as a host or a guest of a home-rental service.
1. The experience of meeting new people and engaging
A lot of adults find it hard to make friends after they finish their formal school.
School and college is a place where you’re corralled together with thousands of other people in a similar predicament and you’re told: “figure it out.”
In real life, you need to be more intentional about connecting with people because it takes more effort.
One way you can expedite this process is by meeting new people and engaging with them, preferably in situations past your comfort zone. What better way to stretch past your comfort zone than sharing a small space with unfamiliar people?
When you’re a host on Airbnb, you have a unique opportunity to connect with your guests and visa-versa. It’s not uncommon for people who had an home-sharing experience to connect on a heart-to-heart level with their hosts or guests and stay friends after the experience.
You can add this experience to your “lifetime list” of experiences as well.
2. The “official” Airbnb experience
Airbnb has recently released a whole “experiences” list where guests can book accommodations with people who are offering fun and unique things to do.
Some of these experiences include sailing, paddleboarding, learning how to fly a plane, hiking, and much more.
Airbnb has a strict vetting process for people who are trying to host experiences, so you’re guaranteed to get quality experiences.
The service has a wait-list of people per city, to make sure each listing gets proper attention and create diversity amongst the experiences.
If you’re thinking about hosting an experience and you have a unique perspective to share, head on over to the Airbnb Experiences page.
3. The “unofficial” Airbnb experience
Just because an experience isn’t officially “listed” doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility.
When you stay at a person’s home, they are by default letting you into their world.
They may cook a dinner for you, show you around town, or even entertain you with stories.
The experience of staying in someone’s personal accommodations can’t be put into words - it needs to be...experienced.
4. Themed houses experience
There’s a lot of houses for list on Airbnb and other home-sharing sites that are completely out of this world.
For example, in Europe, there are many castles that you can book accommodations in. There are people who actually own these castles and put them for list on Airbnb. Think about that: your vacation in a place like Ireland can be complemented by a stay...in a castle.
If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will.
And if you don’t believe us, see it for yourself.
5. The social experience
As mentioned earlier, there’s a big social component that exists with Airbnbs and home-rental services.
There’s the social experience of spending time in a new place with your friends and close companions and there’s also the social experience of experiencing a new city in a novel way.
Instead of going to a hotel for New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, imagine staying in a place in the French Quarter! How many stories and memories would come out of that?
The social element is an indistinguishable part of staying in an Airbnb and it’s one that creates a better experience than one that you would have otherwise had.
After reading this post, it should be clear that if you’re not a host or guest on Airbnb or other home-rental services, you are definitely missing out.
Furthermore, you are missing out if you’re a host who has an awesome or unique property and you aren’t sharing it with the rest of the world (and gaining some cash flow in the process).
We hope this article gives you some motivation to get out there and experience our big, beautiful world and make unforgettable memories with other people in the process.
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